Emine Kucukates

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Antibiotic resistance among Gram-negative rods (GNRs) causing hospital-acquired infections poses a threat, particularly to intensive care unit (ICU) patients. This study was undertaken in order to achieve the following: to detect the frequency of GNRs isolated from coronary and surgical ICUs at the Institute of Cardiology, Istanbul University, between(More)
We present a patient with polymicrobial endocarditis who had been operated on previously for a mycotic aneurysm and was seen at the cardiology clinic because of palpitations related to effort. A transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a 15-mm vegetation on his aortic valve. Staphylococcus epidermidis and Corynebacterium striatum were isolated from the blood(More)
The co-infection of Epstein-Barr virus and Cytomegalovirus rarely gains multi-pathogenicity and leads to viral myocarditis. Also, it may lead to progressive heart failure or sudden death. We present a case series of five patients who were monitored for the impact of low-dose colchicine therapy as adjunct to conventional heart failure therapy. Epstein-Barr(More)
We evaluated a female patient with an unusual form of Naxos disease, who presented with central cyanosis and clubbing, simulating congenital heart disease. Adjuvant low-dose colchicine therapy (0.5 mg once daily) showed positive effects and has been continued for six months. Colchicine has anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. It inhibits mitosis(More)
Fungal infections have increased dramatically in recent years and candidemia is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality in intensive care units (ICUs). Candidemia has been considered to be a nosocomial infection that is strongly associated with neutropenia, recent surgery or presence of intravascular lines, and previous colonization is an(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the species incidence and susceptibility pattern to 9 antifungal agents of yeasts isolated from various clinical specimens of colonized or infected patients treated in the coronary and surgical intensive care units (ICU).  METHODS A total of 421 ICU patients were treated at the Cardiology Institute, Istanbul University, Istanbul,(More)
BACKGROUND Manual microscopic analysis (MMA) of body fluids has been widely replaced by automated systems. The aim of this study was to assess the performances of the Sysmex XN-1000 (XN-1000) and UniCel DxH800 (DxH800) for body fluid analysis and compare their results with MMA and with each other. METHODS Red blood cell (RBC), WBC and WBC-differential(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the kinetics of cardiomyocyte apoptosis in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention and thrombolytic therapy in order to elucidate the dark side of reperfusion injury. METHODS The prospective descriptive study was conducted at Istanbul University Cardiology Institute, Istanbul, Turkey, between June 2010 and(More)